Terra Lawson-Remer (New School) and Alisa Valderrama (NRDC): Collective Action and the Rules of Surfing. From Anthropology of this Century, a review of The Eurasian Miracle by Jack Goody. The Kilogram, Reinvented: Two difficult experiments are poised to remake one of the world’s most fundamental units. A review of Defending Multiculturalism: A Guide for the Movement. The forgotten 15 per cent: Why has disability dropped off the world’s agenda? A review of Barbaric Civilization: A Critical Sociology of Genocide by Christopher Powell. Fighting Back: Has one state discovered a simple way to combat domestic violence? Sarah Goodyear on the invention of jaywalking. On the origins of the arts: Sociobiologist E.O. Wilson on the evolution of culture. If Obama loses in 2012, what will he do next? Perhaps he'll run again in 2016, or become head of the International Olympic Committee — or just obsessively work out. If you don't bring a knife to a gun fight, I guess you don't bring a fart to a shit-slinging contest. They've become a part of the pop-culture landscape: Sexy, private shots of celebrities (your Scarletts, your Milas) stolen from their phones and e-mail accounts — they're also the center of an entire stealth industry.
From EH.net, a review of Keep from All Thoughtful Men: How U.S. Economists Won World War II by Jim Lacey. Good jobs: Paul Osterman on three reasons there aren’t more. A review of Land of Promise: An Economic History of the United States by Michael Lind (and more). From Dissent, Richard D. Kahlenberg and Moshe Z. Marvit on labor organizing as a civil right. For class warfare, there’s the 1%, and then there’s the 0.1%. Have the rich ever paid a fair share of taxes? (and part 2) Culture, politics and class: William Tabb on getting serious about class dynamics. How much did the financial crisis cost? Where America shopped: By the time Sears realized the danger poised by Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co. and Home Depot Inc., it was too late. Are American unions history? Harold Meyerson wonders (and more). The Great Divergence book: Mark Schmitt and Brink Lindsey and Matt Yglesias and Timothy Noah discuss (and more and more and more). Accusations of class warfare have been flying — who is waging it against whom? From FiveBooks, Michael Lind on American economic history. “Indispensable”: Why the middle class needs unions now more than ever.
A new issue of The Caravan is out. From Outlook India, a special issue on cinema. From Indian literature to world literature: An interview with Satya P. Mohanty, professor of English at Cornell University. The deathly shadow of racism: Who and what constitutes the Indian nation? How Raja Bhaiya and gang gamed the system: Bogus certificates, fictitious farmers, smuggling — all these tricks were used to usurp food meant for the poor. The first chapter from The Black Hole of Empire: History of a Global Practice of Power by Partha Chatterjee. The introduction to Pogrom in Gujarat: Hindu Nationalism and Anti-Muslim Violence in India by Parvis Ghassem-Fachandi. An excerpt from Breakout Nations in Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles by Ruchir Sharma. The greatest Indian after Gandhi: Who, after the Mahatma, is the greatest Indian to have walked our soil? Inside Slave City: What is it that makes the Indian middle class treat their domestic help with such derision and abuse? Forget Europe — worry about India. Climate change led to collapse of ancient Indus civilization, study finds. From Tehelka, what will the Lefty intellectuals wear now?
A new issue of 21C is out. From nonsite.org, a special issue on intention and interpretation. From Esquire, Tom Junod on the lethal presidency of Barack Obama: After authorizing the killing of thousands identified as terrorists or militants, he has positioned himself as something new in American history. Truthinessology: The Stephen Colbert effect becomes an obsession in academia. A look at four ways happiness can hurt you. Against populism: George Kateb on six points on populism and its perils. From The American Interest, Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein on five delusions about our broken politics; and David Green on how we have reached linguistic gridlock, in which bipartisan dialogue has been replaced by competing efforts to manipulate voters with loaded vocabularies. From NYRB, Tim Parks on why readers disagree. The increasing dominance of corporate-sponsored idea-disseminators like the Aspen festival and the TED conferences makes you wonder whether ideas upsetting to the moneyed classes will become harder to shoehorn into the national conversation.
From Colors, James Howard Kunstler breaks down the "convergent catastrophes of the 21st century" and explains why apocalypse is imminent. Darren Allen on how societal collapse begins with a broken heart. Post-crash fascism: Christian Parenti on planning for the apocalypse. How will the world end? There are risks to our continued existence on Earth — here's what to look out for. Real estate developer Larry Hall is converting Cold War missile silos in Kansas into condos for "preppers" who are getting ready for total and complete societal breakdown (and more). Ralph Gamelli opens the bunker on doomsayers preparing for the end of civilization — but not all them will survive the first hour of armageddon. From a Zombie invasion to a March Madness app infecting all our cellphones, governments are preparing for the worst. Apocalypse Tourism: It’s 2012, and Belize is trying to lure visitors to the Mayan end of the world. What if everything went straight to Hell? An interview with John L. Casti, author, X-Events: The Collapse of Everything. Fancy a doomsday date? If things get really bad, it may be your best bet.
A new issue of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies is out. From New Politics, a symposium on the Left and the U.S. elections. Gary Belsky on why we need more female traders on Wall Street. Tim Dickinson on the Right-wing billionaires behind Mitt Romney: They're trying to buy a presidency — and they expect a big payoff on their investment. How Brooklyn became a writers' mecca: Martin Amis at the coffee shop, Paul Auster in the park — New York's newly gentrified neighbourhood is now full of novelists. A review of Joseph de Maistre and the Legacy of Enlightenment. Dylan Matthews on everything Obama has done — and wants to do — on taxes in one post. The Importance of Being Orwell: Christopher Hitchens dissects one of the 20th century’s greatest political minds, a writer who was also his lifelong inspiration. How is Dominionism getting into politics? Meet the apostles and prophets of the NAR. From Cato Unbound, Timothy Sandefur on why substantive due process makes sense. A brief history of global anchor currencies: How can dominant economic powers of their time use their currencies to gain cheap financing from abroad?
Anca Gheaus (Erasmus): Gender Justice. Rebecca Hazleden (ACU): Dragon-slayers and Jealous Rats: The Gendered Self in Contemporary Self-help Manuals. Elizabeth D. Peturson, Kenneth M. Cramer, and Chantal M. Pomerleau (Windsor): Attributional Errors and Gender Stereotypes: Perceptions of Male and Female Experts on Sex-Typed Material. Hillevi Ganetz (Stockholm): Fame Factory: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Talent Reality Television. Testosterone on my mind and in my brain: An interview with Simon Baron-Cohen. As Feminist Review celebrates its 100th issue, Mary Evans assesses its lasting contribution to academic debate. A wide range of writers — including Lori Gottlieb, Hanna Rosin, Andrew Cohen, Kate Bolick — debate Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story on the myth of work-life balance. An increasingly vocal men's movement argues that anti-male discrimination is rife; who are the activists and what do they want? When it comes to negotiating a deal, “males more readily justify moral misconduct by minimizing its consequences or otherwise excusing it”. A look at how gender discrimination is sometimes good.
Daniel M. Harrison (Lander) and Larry W. Isaac (Vanderbilt): Social Class and the Southern Civil Rights Movement. From American Studies Journal, a special issue on The South in the Age of Obama, including James C. Cobb (Georgia): Before and After: The 2008 Election and the Second “Solid South”; Daniel P. Franklin (Georgia State): Will the South Rise Again? Monochromatic Politics and Political Clout in the Modern South; Glenn T. Eskew (Georgia State): Barack Obama, John Lewis, and the Legacy of the Civil Rights Struggle; and Dorit Wagner (Mainz): The American South: From Civil Rights Struggle to Civil Rights Tourism. Liberation as death sentence: The casualties of the Civil War should include the many former slaves who died in an epidemic after the Emancipation Proclamation, writes Jim Downs. A review of Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal N. Feimster. Even supporters of North Carolina's gay-marriage ban know it won't last 20 years; Ed Winstead reflects on the South, the past, and when legislation plans its own obsolescence. A review of The Real South: Southern Narrative in the Age of Cultural Reproduction by Scott Romine.
Jan Blommaert (Tilburg): The Rhetorical World of George W. Bush. From Digital Culture and Education, a special issue on harnessing digital technologies to challenge the dominant HIV and AIDS paradigm. A radical idea: What if we could make terrorism uncool? Cognac’s identity crisis: Wayne Curtis on how the liquor’s marketing success among both rappers and codgers has blinded consumers to its subtler pleasures. An interview with Peter Dreier, author of The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame. Why do conservatives hate public transit? In a word, because it’s public. Female beauty is often defined by the Western fashion elite in Milan or New York, but more and more German magazines are speaking out against it. The U.S. government is a sham, the Federal Reserve is running a secret bond market, global finance is controlled by an “upperworld” of rogue black-ops fixers, and other things that Sam Israel, the Ponzi schemer who cheated investors of $450 million and faked his own suicide, truly believed. A long love affair with magazines: Samir Husni, aka Mr. Magazine, sees a bright future for the objects of his affection.
From Hoover Digest, Peter Berkowitz on a boot camp for citizenship: Civics education must not be indoctrination, but it also must not be overlooked. From Crisis, when rulers fail to rule themselves: James V. Schall on politics, virtue, and the intellect; and personally opposed, but: It is high time to reconsider — how far does the obligation of a politician to further his moral commitments extend? Why every government should keep an empty seat for a philosopher king: Plato was right — the ideal society needs truth-seekers as rulers, but with a twist. A People’s History of Robin Hood: For hundreds of years, he’s fought tax injustice, tyranny, and the seizure of the commons — we still need him today. How dumb can political philosophy get? Carlin Romano wonders. A review of Politics Without Vision: Thinking without a Banister in the Twentieth Century by Tracy B. Strong. Steven Bilakovics on why we hate politics, but love democracy. Matthew Flinders on his book Defending Politics: Why Democracy Matters in the 21st Century (and more and more). The politics of “thinking about politics”: A review of Liberalism and Ideology: Essays in Honour of Michael Freeden.